Wednesday, 2 September 2015

DIY: daybed

I got a comment/question today regarding our homemade daybed. Do I have a "recipe" for how to build it? I have thought about doing a post on our daybed ever since we build the first one (seen below) in our Bergen apartment. It has been a long time coming, but here it is - at last! 

My husband Sølve is the mastermind behind the construction of the daybed. If he were to explain the design and construction of it, he would probably do it in a way that would make people actually understand it and then possibly be able to build one themselves. I'm mostly just into the aesthetically aspect of the design/construction, so I'm hoping these photos will be explanation enough.

The materials we used are simple two by twos and two by fours plus what in Norwegian is called a "hobbyplate" for the front.

We bought the hinges for the fronts at IKEA. They are called UTRUSTA for horizontal door.

The daybed measured 4 meters in length and had room for a 90 cm wide mattress. When we had guests, the daybed was easily transformed into a guest bed for two people.

The area underneath the mattresses were used for storage.

Done! But not yet painted.

Done and painted (nøytral from Jotun). I kept spare duvets (for guests) in the big pillows. I planned to get special covers sewn for the mattresses, but instead I used a extra long wool blanket.

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I'll do another post on the daybed we built for our Stavanger home. It is mostly the same; the biggest difference being that it is a corner design.

PS: our Bergen apartment renovation // our Bergen home on Flickr and the blog // our Bergen apartment before and after the renovation // DIY: dining table

Monday, 31 August 2015

life, week 35

One of the things I like about late August: al fresco candle light - because it gets dark a little earlier, but it might still be warm enough to sit outside (with blankets)

before the rain // celebrating my father-in-law's birthday

Then the rain came and it feels good.

It's you, mamma. And baby in your belly.

I wish my (pregnancy) cravings were for healthier food. 

Friday pizza in the making

Saturday morning // Friday pizza aftermath

Saturday 9 pm // is this the beginning of autumn?

fallen plum tree leaves // is this the beginning of autumn? // PS: look down

The nasturtium have killed most of the perennials we planted in the flower bed, but they sure look pretty in all their flower power glory.

Baby boy's room is coming along. With baby steps though. 

She was so proud of the "cave" that she built for herself. She even asked me to take a photo of it.

Sunday evening phone chat with grandpa. 

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Week 35: August 24-30 

Saturday, 29 August 2015

corners of my home

I declare today The House Day. Reason: Our house desperately needs cleaning and tidying. Due to the fantastic weather the last couple of weeks, it has been ignored for too long. I need a clean and tidy home to feel good. Also, I feel a strong nesting need sneaking up on me. (Only four weeks until baby boy is due.) While I drink my Saturday morning coffee slooowly (or procrastinate, as it can also be called), I thought I would share some photos of our tidy home from the last few months. (We moved in in February; the renovation already feels far away.) I've been thinking of doing before/after posts of each room, like I did after our Bergen apartment renovation four years ago. Would you like that? Maybe I'll get time when my maternity leave starts next week.

So, what are your Saturday plans?

Friday, 28 August 2015

things I like lately

Agfa Precisa 100, Canon EOS 500N

- I shot a wedding: linda + patrick
- I'm curious about this book which it seems like everyone is reading these days (I'm kind of a neat freak, so the book should be right up my alley)
- I like the concept of this new tv show called Mobilfotografene (the cell phone photographers) - haven't seen any of the episodes yet though
- still a good while until I need to worry about this, but it's a nice reminder: feeding your baby solids
- my first time using a disposable camera
- live with less: kitchenware
- after a week or so of really great - and hot - summer weather, it was really nice to feel a drop in temperature, especially during night - it makes me sleep so much better
- getting book recommendations from book loving colleagues (a post on this is coming soon)
- we are planning to get a credenza kind of furniture for our living room and we are thinking of using IKEA kitchen cabinets. Excited to check out these great front options: Reform (via Elisabeth Heier) and Superfront
- pregnancy style: Kate Harmer of Hum Creative
- a day in the life: Mikkel Karstad
- the Aura sofa series from Bolia
- Ramble & Wolf
- the news about my friend Ingvild's pregnancy
- kjære storbarnsforeldre (boken kommer i høst) (via Facebook)
- plans of having homemade pizza for dinner tonight
- just one week left at work before my maternity leave starts

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Things I don't like lately

- zero energy - I blame pregnancy (currently in week 36)
- after having my last film developed, I feel a bit ambivalent about the whole film shooting thing - a fact I feel very sad for (planning a post on this soon)
- still not feeling comfortable about the haircut I got a few weeks ago (i-landsproblem, jeg vet!)

Monday, 24 August 2015

life, week 34

So thankful for the fact that she is playing so well by herself right now because this pregnant lady (currently in week 35 of my pregnancy) is exhausted today.

Tuesday 6:30 am

"office" view // until my maternity leave starts in three weeks, my days are filled with substitute teaching and guiding the new teacher who is taking over my class + taking breaks whenever I can

it's a beautiful day // don't let it go away

lifesaver // fan club member no 1

current view from the shade under the plum tree // a bucket of cold water for my swollen feet and a page turner crime novel for my overheated brains

I will name this The Week of Al Fresco Dinners

Things I like lately: red currants...

...and blue gooseberries from the garden. Plus Sara and my mother-in-law for picking them.

She loves having her grandparents over for dinner.

nasturtium in sunset

A brutal start to the morning with a massive nosebleed requires endless hugs, cartoons and smoothie (plus mamma being late for work).

Even the most ordinary everyday clutter looks a little bit better in good light.

she is beyond words excited about this // it will not make our garden prettier, but it will add a whole new dimension of fun

Friday 6:45 am // she woke up at 6 am and ran straight to the window to check if they had finished assembling the trampoline

sunny summer Sunday breakfast

sunny summer Sunday second breakfast // al fresco, with a canned souvenir from last year's Mallorca vacation - my favorite canned tuna

What a day! // Water sprinkler under the trampoline was an instant hit.

Five adults, six kids, lots of sun, plenty of food and ice cream galore. It was a pretty good Sunday, if you ask me.

Such a hot day! We were all happy to have dinner in the shade under the plum tree. Also, soaking in every bit of this proper summer feeling (although the heat is a bit too much for this pregnant lady); they say the coming week will be rainy.

My best crumble to date: strawberry, raspberry and red currant. Served with Mövenpick vanilla ice cream, of course. (I'm picky when it comes to ice cream; I choose quality before quantity.)

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Week 34: August 17-23


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